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Related to prayer: The Lord's Prayer

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prayer,

n communication with the spiritual or ultimate reality, which may be understood as transcendent or immanent, and described in theistic or nontheistic terms.
prayer, conversational,
n type of prayer, in which one speaks like a friend to one's god, sharing problems, thoughts, feelings, and concerns.
prayer, directed,
n a prayer in which a specific effect or goal is expected and requested.
prayer, intercessory,
n a variation of petitionary prayer, in which the individual praying makes a request on behalf of someone else.
prayer, meditative,
n type of prayer, in which one focuses on a word, phrase, or sound to still the mind or to allow one to listen for the ‘still, small voice’ of the divine. Also called
centering prayer, contemplation, contemplative prayer, or
listening prayer. See also mantra and meditation.
prayer, petitionary,
n type of prayer, in which one makes a request of one's god.
prayer, ritualistic,
n type of prayer, in which one repeats standardized prayers as an established part of one's specific spiritual traditions.
References in classic literature ?
Will you believe that she never said a prayer in her life till tonight?
God always wants little girls to say their prayers.
Don't you know it's a terrible wicked thing not to say your prayers every night?
And anyhow I'd always be too tired at night to bother saying prayers.
You must say your prayers while you are under my roof, Anne.
His life in solitude was hard--not on account of the fasts and the prayers (they were no hardship to him) but on account of an inner conflict he had not at all anticipated.
Then he dropped the folds of the cassock again and began reading the prayers, making the sign of the cross and prostrating himself.
He easily raised his light and emaciated body on his strong sinewy legs and tried to continue saying his prayers, but instead of doing so he involuntarily strained his hearing.
He did not reply and she heard him muttering something, probably his prayers.
This will be best, for the gods ever hear the prayers of him who has obeyed them.
Seeing this did more for Jo than the wisest sermons, the saintliest hymns, the most fervent prayers that any voice could utter.
With tears and prayers and tender hands, Mother and sisters made her ready for the long sleep that pain would never mar again, seeing with grateful eyes the beautiful serenity that soon replaced the pathetic patience that had wrung their hearts so long, and feeling with reverent joy that to their darling death was a benignant angel, not a phantom full of dread.